Top 5 | Year 29

“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” – George Meredith

Happy Fourth of July! And happy birthday to me :). It’s the big 2-9 this year- the last year of my 20s.

Year 28 has been a great year.

I went to Colorado,

bought our first house,

celebrated a few weddings,

got a new job,

watched Dad retire from farming,

did my first Whole30,

planned a gala,

road tripped through California,

and made our yard one of my favorite places.

Often I hear of people having a list of things they want to accomplish by age 30. If I follow this tradition, I’m in the final countdown.

Luckily I feel pretty great about what I’ve accomplished so far in my twenties, but here are a few more things I’d like to check off the list in this new year:

  1. Establish a routine. You guys, I’m terrible at sticking to things and even more terrible at getting up in the morning. But I’d love to start getting up early to have time with Jesus, time to write, time to get to work without sitting in rush hour traffic and time to workout by 6 PM each day. That way when I get home, I know the night is open for fun, family, and friends! I’ve worked hard to get my work done for the day and I’ve prioritized the things that are important to me so I can rest and enjoy the evening.
  2. Write a rough draft of a book & share more on Instagram. I love to write and have a few ideas, but don’t always make the time for it. With the new routine of making time for myself to write each day, I want to accomplish this goal of having the first draft of a book. Since I’ll be spending more time on this, I might not have as much time for blogging and there’s always so much more I want to share on this blog, but I run out of time. Therefore, I also want to try to post more “short and sweet” thoughts and ideas in the captions on Instagram instead of creating whole blog posts.
  3. Travel. This is on my list every year! This year I’m looking forward to checking off Mackinac Island for Aaron’s and my third anniversary, and Austin and Waco for a girls trip with Kari to see Happy Hour Live and the Silos.
  4. Keep working on the house. Now that we’ve conquered the front and backyard, I’m ready to turn my attention back to the inside. Sometime in the next year, we’d like to refinish the floors, update our bedroom, the guest room, and the basement.
  5. Join a small group. Aaron and I have enjoyed the newfound freedom from not leading a small group, but I’m starting to miss the gift of weekly community, Bible study, and accountability. After a summer vacation from small group, I’m looking forward to getting connecting and making some new friends by joining a group in the fall.

Year 29, I’m ready for you.

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